Gender Male
Language(s) Gaelic
Meaning "little dark one", "dark prince"
Region of origin Ireland/Scotland
Other names
Alternative spelling Ciaran
Variant form(s) Ciaran, Kieran, Kyran, Kerry, Keiron, Kieron, Kiernan, Keiren, Kieren, Keiran, Keeran,[1] Ceiran, Ceeran, Cairan
Related names Ciara, Sierra, Cierra
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Ciarán (Irish pronunciation: [ˈciəɾˠaːn̪ˠ]/[ciəˈɾˠaːn̪ˠ]) or Ciaran (Scottish)[2][3] is a Gaelic male given name meaning "little dark one" or "blacky",[4] produced by appending a diminutive suffix to ciar ("black", "dark").[5] The female form is Ciara.

The name became common in reference to Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich,[6] who gave his name to the Ciarraige and County Kerry,[7] and two early Irish saints both counted among the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, Ciarán the Elder and Ciarán the Younger.

It is anglicised in various ways: Ciaran, Kieran, Kyran, Keiron, Keiren, Kieren, Keiran, Ceiran, etc.

Notable people


People with the given name Keiren

People with the given name Kieran

People with the given name Kieren

People with the given name Kieron

See also



  2. Akerbeltz Gaelic Resources
  3. Iain Mac an Tàilleir: Ainmean Pearsanta, retrieved from SMO website
  4. "Ireland". Irish Boys Names. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  5. "Southern Methodist University". Kira's Name. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  6. "RootsWeb". County Kerry. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  7. "Live views from Ireland: Kerry". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
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